1. Several new seasons with play by play detail have been added. In
addition to posting the 2005 data, we have expanded our string of "recent"
seasons back to 1957. Furthermore, it is very gratifying that, due to the
generosity of Major League Baseball Advanced Media (MLBAM), we are also able
to present the data for 1993-1998. That leaves only 1999 without this level
of detail from 1957-2005 and we hope very much to have that information
available later this season. The proofing of these new seasons was done by
Clem Comly, Tom Ruane and Dave Smith.
2. Old seasons with play by play detail. The previous release had this
information for the 1911 NL and we add the same for the 1922 NL. Also, the
1921 NL games are presented in detailed expanded box score format, but
without play by play. These earlier seasons were proofed entirely by Tom
3. Data for umpires has been greatly expanded and gaps filled in. We are
missing the identities of a handful of substitute umpires who officiated
during the strike in 1979, but other than that, the website now has every
umpire assignment for every game from 1939-2005 as well as the data for
several earlier years. For 1957-2005, these are accessed most easily from
the game log page for a team in a season (e.g.
http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/VCHN01988.htm as a purely random
example). For seasons prior to 1957, the umpire assignments may be found by
going to the "ML Umpires" portion of the season summary. For example, again
randomly chosen: http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/YPU_1942X.htm (these
follow the standings for the year). Of course, it is always possible to go
to the umpire page for any specific arbiter and click on his name to get
what we have for his career. See
for Bill McGowan's
totals, which include many pre-1939 seasons. David Vincent was the overall
coordinator for this enormous effort with significant help from Bob Boynton,
Rich Carletti, and John Schwartz.
4. The "event files" are the primary data format for the games we have.
These are available for all the above seasons through the link on the front
page. There are details there on file format, software we post, and other
details on downloading and using these files. These files are the basis for
the many detailed analyses that various users perform and post on-line. See
note 5 for an important additional note.
5. For each season prior to 1974, there are games for which we have not been
able to find play by play information. Rather than waiting, possibly in
vain, for accounts to complete these seasons, we created the "box score
event file" which has all the information necessary to generate a complete
box score that is indistinguishable from those derived from full play by
play data. We are continually getting new data and in fact some games that
were only in box score format last time have now been converted to full play
by play. These box score event files are linked on the relevant event file
page where there is also a detailed description of the contents.
6. Modifications have been made to some aspects of biographical data on the
player pages. For example, birth and death locations are now presented when
they are known, even if the dates of those events are not.
7. Some format corrections have been made to our posted box scores,
including more complete usage of the data in the box score event files.
8. Other changes include the addition of game number of each series to the
box score. Standings prior to 1893 are now based on games won instead of
winning percentage, as was the standard of the time.
The Retrosheet website has about 400,000 html files which are interlinked
and cross-referenced in many ways that enhance their usefulness. These are
all generated by Tom Ruane and the legion of fans who enjoy these pages owe
him a huge thank you.